[ in-suh-luh, ins-yuh- ]
/ ˈɪn sə lə, ˈɪns yə- /
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noun, plural in·su·lae [in-suh-lee, ins-yuh-]. /ˈɪn səˌli, ˈɪns yə-/. Anatomy.
a group of convolutions situated at the base of the lateral fissure of the brain.
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Also called Island of Reil.
Origin of insula
1825–35; <New Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle
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How to use insula in a sentence
A word should be added regarding the modern division of Pompeii into Regions, or wards, and Insulae.
The more important buildings of each Region are given in the order of the Insulae.
In this system perhaps the most peculiar feature is the intermixture of square and oblong 'insulae'.
The 'insulae', whatever their shape—square or oblong—are fairly uniform throughout.
If the Graeco-Macedonian fashion be quoted as precedent for square or squarish 'insulae', the Terremare show the same.
British Dictionary definitions for insula
/ (ˈɪnsjʊlə) /
noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
a pyramid-shaped area of the brain within each cerebral hemisphere beneath parts of the frontal and temporal lobesAlso called: island of Reil
Word Origin for insula
Latin, literally: island
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